Scandal Zinfandel 2022


Bill making a Zin? Now that is a real scandal!

Dry Creek Valley, just 16 miles long and two miles wide, is home to one of the densest concentrations of old-vine Zinfandel in the world.

After phylloxera destroyed most vineyards in California in the 1890s, some Dry Creek Valley winegrowers replanted their Zinfandel on the pest-resistant St. George rootstock.

Several of these grapevines planted in Dry Creek Valley more than 100 years ago have survived and continue to produce wine today, one of which is the Williamson Yoakim Bridge Estate.

Our 2022 vintage of Scandal Zinfandel is a wonderful expression of Dry Creek Valley and underscores Zinfandel as a premium wine - food-friendly, cellar-worthy - never generic or boring - appealing to consumers and sommeliers alike.

Scandal - a Zinfandel made by a Bordeaux lover - what a Scandal !

The wine has a nice medium-purple color and a bouquet that exhales yummy fruit. Even as a light-bodied wine this Scandal has all the opulence and richness of a mature Zinfandel with primary flavors of black pepper, plum, and a hint of barbecue caramelization.

Dark and delicious this Scandal Zinfandel explodes with juicy fruitiness followed by spice and a soft tobacco-like smoky finish. A very drinkable red wine.

The perfectly completed phenolic maturity of the grapes allowed manual picking when perfectly ripe. The grapes are then sorted and destemmed without crushing the berries along with 20% whole clusters in the bottom of the tank, then cold pre-fermentation maceration.

After the cold soak time comes alcoholic fermentation in small, temperature-controlled, open-top tanks with punch downs occurring as needed during fermentation followed by 30 to 45 days of post-ferment maceration, all designed to extract the maximum flavor and color from the grape skins without violating the cells or seeds. The free-run wine is then consigned to French oak Bordelaise barrels for approximately 11 months adding suppleness and smoothness during the aging interval.

Matured in French oak for 12 months - 33% new, 33% one use, balance neutral.
Cases produced = 650. No allergens were used in the making of this wine.
Color Red
Vintage 2022
Harvest Date 1st Sep 2022
Style Zinfandel
Appellation Dry Creek Valley
Varietal Zinfandel
Date Bottled 8th Aug 2023
Drinkable 2024 - 2032
Alcohol 14.60%
Bottle Size 750ml